Nativity Scene with Corn-husk Figures
Date of Issue:
Martin Činovský using the work of Peter Pálka
October 27, 1995
Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Rotary-recess printing combined with recess printing
|FDC Design:||Martin Činovský using the work of Peter Pálka|
|FDC Engraving:||Martin Činovský|
|Cancellation Design:||Martin Činovský using the work of Peter Pálka|
|Printing:||Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic|
|Print Technology:||Recess printing from flat plates|
|FDC Print Run:||10,000|
Corn husks - a natural material traditionally used in Slovakia to make figures, platters and mats. Work with the material exploits its exceptional qualities: an interesting surface structure, natural colour, ease of modelling in its damp state, and durability of colour and shape when dry. The creative mind and skilful hand of the folk artist can make this material come to life. A woman with a baby or at the spinning wheel, a wood-cutter, a shepherd, a Nativity scene: the wide range of themes is taken mostly from the traditional way of life in the Slovak village, although a significant place is also reserved for Christian celebrations such as Christmas and Easter.
Working with corn husks has been a tradition of the Pálka family for more than thirty years. Their invention and dexterity won them first place in the 1994 World Festival of Folk Nativity Scenes in Bellingham in the USA.
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